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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1007

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James Dauris - new British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Dauris will take up his app...
24.12.2014 - 09:12
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Candlelight vigil held in Colombo for victims of Peshawar Terrorist Attack
A candlelight vigil was organized by the Sri Lankans and Expat Pakistanis based in Sri Lanka to express solidarity with the victims of Peshawar school carnage. A large number of people representing cross section of society including children participated in this memorial ceremony. The High Commiss...
24.12.2014 - 08:48
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Risath Bathiyutheen crossover condemned
The crossover of Rishad Bathiyutheen, the former Minister of Commerce and Industry will not affect the vote base of the UPFA said UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha at a press a media conference at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday. Participating...
24.12.2014 - 08:16
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Both countrymen made happy!
Normalization of relations between the US and Cuba is something to rejoice about for both countrymen. Crippling economic embargo and sanctions slapped on its tiny neighbor of just 11.1 million people by the mighty super power of 316.1 people, for 47 long years, did not make the little one to surrend...
23.12.2014 - 08:26 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh.
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Launch of President Mahinda’s election manifesto postponed
Launch of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election manifesto has been postponed. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly planning in releasing his policy statement for the 2015 Presidential election after handing nominations on the 8th of this month. President Rajapaksa in 2005 presented the Mahin...
22.12.2014 - 07:37
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Zeliang opens his mind
It may be remembered that when the DAN came to power in 2003, the state’s accumulated deficit amounting to Rs 365 crore was wiped out through a One Time Grant (OTG) given by Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA government at the Center and that was how the state could start with a clean slate. Neiphiu Rio rul...
22.12.2014 - 07:00 Zeliang opens his mind
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 1
For many Christians around the globe, Christmas is linked with the birthday of their lord Jesus Christ. They believe that he was born on or around December 25 of 1 C.E. (Common Era). It is inconsequential to them that the story in the Gospels is often utterly divorced from all historical contexts. T...
21.12.2014 - 16:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Tablet Challenge: is the crown of iPad under threat?
I recently met an elderly couple of Pakistani origin at their home, who were watching a movie on TV while controlling it with the aid of a tablet. The tablet in question was not something that I was familiar with; nor did it carry the brand name of star players currently in the market. Much to my su...
21.12.2014 - 08:01 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka Investment & Business Promotional Seminar 2014 in Stockholm
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden organized an Investment & Business Promotional Seminar on 27 November 2014 in Stockholm. The Seminar was held at the IFS office Conference room in Stockholm under the theme: “Sri Lanka-the Global Sourcing Destination & the Most Attractive Investment Desti...
20.12.2014 - 09:02
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At Last Dhanuna Thilakaratne Surfaced In The Court: Granted Bail
Colombo High Court Judge Irangani Perera this morning granted bail to former army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s son-in-law Dhanuna Thilakaratne on Rs 400,000 cash with two sureties for Rs 5 million on each of them in the HiCorp case.The judge said the sureties should be his parents. The accused was a...
20.12.2014 - 10:04
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Cardinal talks about the pope, politics and the future
Interview: The prelate spoke to Églises d’Asie in late November ahead of an Apostolic visit by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, 67, the archbishop of Colombo since 2009, made a cardinal the following year and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, is a centra...
20.12.2014 - 07:00
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Sri Lanka - German civil aviation relations - Establishing direct Air Links between Berlin and Colombo
Sri Lanka Ambassador to Germany Karunatilaka Amunugama met Director General Gerold Reichle of the Department of Aerospace of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany on 17th of December 2014 in Berlin, and discussed in detail the strengthening Sri Lanka - German civil...
20.12.2014 - 06:39
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In Kilinochchi: President Mahinda Appeals To Tamil Leaders To Join Hands To Developed The Country
This area was enveloped in darkness for 30 long years which spread differences in nationality and religion. An era which we should erase from our memory, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the UPFA public rally in Kilinochchi on Thursday (18). It had bad roadways and no electricity. Today i...
19.12.2014 - 22:59
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What is the cost of a regime change by a multiple headed coalition? Should Sri Lankans cut the nose to spite the face?
On the 8th of January 2015, Sri Lankans will have their opportunity to decide whether to give President Rajapaksa a third term in office or elect the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena nominated by a multiple headed coalition of disparate individuals, to the highest office in Sri Lanka. They coul...
19.12.2014 - 17:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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“Vote for the United People's Freedom Alliance. Make this country victorious" – President Mahinda in Mullaitivu
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing a public rally of the UPFA yesterday at Mullaitivu e ago said that the victory of the UPFA is a victory of the people. He recalled that the past 30 years had been a period of distress, terror and darkness for everyone, but now the war is over and the country h...
19.12.2014 - 10:08
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Two Presidential Rallies in the North
Two main public rallies of the United People's Freedom Alliance will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, today in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. Altogether UPFA has organized to hold 33 public rallies island wide to consolidate the victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the f...
18.12.2014 - 16:01
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Top team from the Hague starts Lanka’s first Chem sessions
Sri Lanka has kicked off its first ever industrial chemical technical sessions on 17 December-and a top team from the Hague’s (Netherlands) OPCW- which conducted widely publicized Syrian chemical weapon inspections in October 2013–is here to upgrade Sri Lanka’s industrial chemical expertise to the n...
18.12.2014 - 07:43
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Diplomatic Coup of the Decade: US and Cuba to Normalize Relations
President Obama pulled off a enormous diplomatic coup on Wednesday while declaring the commitment of his administration to normalize the relations with its geographically-nearest foe, Cuba, in a seismic shift in the US policy – ending Cuba’s isolation that spanned over five decades. This is not som...
18.12.2014 - 07:14 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Land Grabbing Attacks on Minorities By Bengali Settlers Continues
On 16 December 2014, when whole country was celebrating the victory day of the country, indigenous houses and shops were burnt down by Bengali settlers in Bagachari area under Burighat union of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district. The arson attack by Bengal settlers was made allegedly in connec...
18.12.2014 - 06:53
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Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar: Over 100 students killed - 200 reportedly wounded
Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday, officials and militants said, with over 100 students killed and another 200 reportedly wounded. Five or six militants wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School, reportedly through a graveyard located behind the school, accord...
17.12.2014 - 09:26
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